Escape Room for Kids - Printable Party Game – In The Desert Escape Room Kit – Birthday Party Games - Kids Puzzles – Family Game Night
Transform your house into an unforgettable code-breaking adventure for kids! This printable In The Desert Escape Room has kids searching for puzzles and breaking codes. The use of secret codes will keep your kids engaged from beginning to end while competing to find the final code-word. Celebrate your kids birthday party with an In The Desert puzzle game! It’s the perfect DIY Escape Room kit - Scavenger Hunt for kids.
Planning a kids birthday party or kids sleepover? Need some fun kids games or puzzles to keep them occupied? Looking a last-minute kids’ party game or birthday gift? Test their puzzle solving skills with a done at home escape room. Perfect for small and large groups, kids’ birthday parties, elementary and middle school classrooms, youth groups, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, team-building and family game night.
The best part about our escape room kids game is that there are no props, no set-up, and no stress! This fun game makes your party planning a cinch and gives you even more time to enjoy your little one's special day. The Escape Room can be completed individually or in small groups.
No PREP required, NO PROPS required, NO SETUP required, and NO LOCKS needed! Just print and go, it’s that easy!!
🧩 Gameplay: 30-60 minutes (depending on age and group numbers)
🧩 Ages: 8+ (younger kids can play with the help of an adult or older kid)
🧩 Number of players: As many as you want! You can enjoy this game alone or with 100 friends!
Kids will visit 10 stations and solve a puzzle at each one. They will record their answer on the recording sheet. ‘Hint Cards’ are provided to help kids solve a puzzle. Some puzzles require a decoder, which are labeled with the name of the puzzle so that they know which decoder to use. The PDF digital downloads will be in your email within minutes after purchase!
What’s Included in the Instant Download?
🔎 PDF game guide
🔎 PDF game materials
🔎 Set up instructions
🔎 Signs to hold up
🔎 Frequently asked questions
🔎 Coupon code for future purchases
🔒 Groups of 3-4
Everything you need for your printable kids game is included in your download. You don’t need any locks, envelopes or special equipment. To extend the game experience for the kids at home, you can hide the puzzles around the room like a scavenger hunt.
***No physical item will be shipped***
HOW TO PLAY
☑️After purchase, it takes just a few minutes for your digital file to be ready to download in your email inbox. There are 10 stations with various puzzles and code-breaking games. Some stations may be trickier than others so we’ve included clue sheets to help solve each game. Play time varies depending on how large of a group is playing. Once finished, you can save the instructions and station puzzles to play again another day.
***This product works best if it is printed in color because some of the puzzle cards are color-coded.***
How long does this activity take to complete?
It really depends on a lot of things. Estimated completion time is based on the kids’ puzzle experience, decoding skills, critical thinking skills, age and group size. See the Options Page (inside resource) for ideas on how to best use this resource based on the time you have allotted.
How many kids can play at once?
As many as you want! Personally, I prefer to let kids work on their own or with a partner, however, you can play in small groups as well! If you are working in small groups or partner, please print an answer sheet for each group. I do not suggest groups of more than 4. The reason I like to use partners is to promote competition and teamwork. Have the kids compete against each other for better engagement.
How do I set up the Escape Room?
To set up the escape room, you simply need to print and play! It’s that easy! Everything you need is included in your download. You don’t need any locks, envelopes or special equipment. To extend the game experience, you can hide the puzzle cards around the house or room like a scavenger hunt. Fun hiding spots: under the coffee table, behind a door, hanging on shower wall, in a dresser, etc. The harder they are to find, the more fun the kids have!
Do I need locks, envelopes or special equipment?
NOT AT ALL! This was created to make your life easier! Perfect for last-minute party planners! There are no fancy envelopes to stuff or odd shapes to cut out. All you will need to do is to print these documents, hide them and begin!
What if the kids get stuck on one of the puzzles?
First off, let them think for a bit! This is where critical thinking skills come in. If you have a kid truly struggling, consider showing them a hint card. The more difficult puzzles include examples. This will provide them with a guide for how to solve each puzzle. I only let kids see a hint card if they have been stuck on a puzzle for an extended period of time. You can also decide that each team or kid gets to use only a certain number of hint cards. If you set a limit to the use of hint cards, they will spend more time trying to solve the puzzles (that’s the whole goal!). Consider a limit of 3-4.
Where do kids start?
It does NOT matter the order in which they solve each puzzle. Kids will work at different paces, so don’t worry!
How do kids know if their answers are correct?
First of all, the answers to every puzzle are a common word. If their answer does not spell out a word, then they made a mistake somewhere along the way. At the end of the escape room, they will be asked to unscramble a word using letters from the puzzle solutions. If they can’t create a word, it is likely that one or more of their answers is wrong.
Who can play the game?
We recommend ages 8+. However, younger kids can definitely play if they have help from an adult or older kid.
How much space do I need?
That’s up to you! You can do the whole experience at the dining room table, spread out on the floor or even on the couch if you wanted. You can also spread the puzzles out throughout the house and turn it into a scavenger hunt if you so choose.
How are Think Tank Escape Rooms different than other printable escape rooms?
Our escape rooms are unlike any others! What sets us apart is the element of NO-PREP! They are print and go ready with NO PREP required from the host! Perfect for someone who wants to try an escape room at home but doesn’t want the hassle of cutting out puzzle pieces, folding handmade envelopes or taping shapes together. We are truly the ONLY NO-PREP escape room on the market!
Do I have to print out the game materials for every single kid?
Nope, not at all! Unlike other escape rooms, ours is the ONLY ONE where you only have to print out the answer sheet for each kid or group. Just one set of the Game Materials is all you need!
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